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December 10, 2019

December 9, 2019

PEER has been endorsed as an Affiliate organization of QuakeCoRE, New Zealand Centre for Earthquake Resilience. This endorsement was recently confirmed by the Directors and Board of QuakeCoRE.

November 5, 2019

An agreement of academic collaboration has been signed between PEER and the following five Japanese research institutions:

November 4, 2019

CMU logoCarnegie Mellon University (CMU) has joined PEER as an educational affiliate. CMU faculty have expertise mutually beneficial to the PEER community in the following topics:

  • post-earthquake building damage diagnosis and loss estimation

October 30, 2019

Key Lessons

❏   At the end of October, three significant fires took place in California, namely the Kincade Fire in Northern California and the Tick and Getty fires in Southern California, fueled by high speed winds with heated air blowing from inland to the ocean. California Governor Gavin Newsom declared statewide emergency due to fires and extreme weather conditions (CA Gov, 2019). PG&E shut down power for an estimated 2.35 million people across 38 counties at the same time increasing the severity of the situation.

October 24, 2019

SMU logoSouthern Methodist University (SMU) has joined PEER as an educational affiliate. SMU faculty have expertise mutually beneficial to the PEER community in the following topics:

PEER’s Transportation Systems Research Program (TSRP) was highlighted in a keynote presentation given by Dawn Lehman, Professor at the University of Washington, at the 2019 Third International Bridge Seismic Workshop held at the University of Washington on October 2-3, 2019.

October 23, 2019

October 4, 2019

PEER has just published Report No. 2019/06: "Fluid-Structure Interaction and Python-Scripting Capabilities in OpenSees." It was authored by Minjie Zhu and Michael H. Scott, School of Civil and Construction Engineering Oregon State University

Visit the PEER publications page to download a free color pdf of the document.

Abstract

September 26, 2019

The impact of a PEER funded research project "Establishing Bridge Column Capacity Limit States through Modeling and Simulation" is highlighted below. The project Principal Investigator (PI) is Sashi K. Kunnath, Professor of Civil Engineering, UC Davis. The research team includes Jin Zhou, Graduate Student Researcher, UC Davis.

Download the Research Project Highlight which includes the abstract. (PDF)

Research Impact:

September 25, 2019

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at University of Nevada, Reno is currently seeking applicants for Ph.D. Fellowships related to the theme Rebuilding the Nation’s Structural Infrastructure for Resilience to Extreme Events, for a start date of January 2020 or August 2020. Fellowships are funded through the Department of Education Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program.

September 23, 2019

The impact of a PEER funded research project "Bridge Functionality Instead of Component Damage as PBEE Metric" is highlighted below. The project Principal Investigators (PIs) are Michael H. Scott, Professor of Structural Engineering, Oregon State University and Kevin R. Mackie, Professor of Structural Engineering, University of Central Florida.

Download the Research Project Highlight which includes the abstract. (PDF)

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September 13, 2019

PEER Request for Proposal: Solicitation PEER-TSRP 19-01

Deadline to submit: 11:59pm (PDT) Thursday, October 31, 2019

September 4, 2019

The PEER Researchers’ Workshop was held on August 26-27, 2019, at UC Berkeley’s Richmond Field Station.

August 26, 2019

PEER is pleased to announce that Norman Abrahamson, Adjunct Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Departments at UC Berkeley and UC Davis, is taking the leadership role of the PEER Lifelines Research Program.

August 23, 2019

The impact of a PEER funded research project "New Seismically Resilient System for HSR, Ports and Vehicular Transportation Systems: Reducing Downtime, Construction Cost and Post-Earthquake Repair" is highlighted below. The project Principal Investigators (PIs) are Dawn Lehman, Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Washington, and Charles Roeder, Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Washington. The research team includes Zhao Muzi, Ph.D. Candidate.

August 15, 2019

The impact of a PEER funded research project "DEM Modeling of the Influence of Depositional Fabric on the Mechanical Properties of Granular Sediments using XRT Data" is highlighted below. The project Principal Investigator (PI) is Nicholas Sitar, Edward G. Cahill and John R. Cahill Professor, UC Berkeley. The research team includes Fernando Estefan T. Garcia, Post-doctoral student, UC Berkeley.

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July 30, 2019

July 23, 2019

The Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center is pleased to offer exciting opportunities for students to explore new directions in earthquake engineering studies and research.

July 9, 2019